Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Monmouth's Guestbook

Our guest book registry is readily available for names, addresses and comments and it is always a treat to read the impressions guests give of their Monmouth experience- and with just a few words!

Here is a sampling to entice you to pick up the phone and call for a Southern get-away with us.
"We love this place"
"Great hospitality"
"40 year anniversary"
"What more can you ask for?"
"Finally, a family portrait in a beautiful setting"
" Zippity Doo Dah!"
"Great place for a Board Retreat"
"It was so lovely. God bless you all"
"Magical evening"
"This is the most beautiful place"
"A super Southern treat"
"Honeymoon- Superb!"
"Perfectly decadent!"
"We were spoiled the whole time!"
"To die for!"
"I'll never eat again- Divine cuisine"
And the comments continue. Oft times the messages from our guests are the best and we want you to experience Monmouth as soon as possible. We look forward to your comments!
-Peggy Sue

June Drink of the Month - "Sloe Gin Fizz"

Our June drink of the month is a favorite with Southern ladies for their 5:00 cocktail on the veranda. (Our men enjoy this drink also!)

The Sloe Gin Fizz is a delightful concoction of a red gin liquor and has a delightful "buzz" to it. As our recent drinks of the month, this one is from Denise Gee's Southern Cocktails cookbook that can be purchased in Monmouth's wonderful gift shop. Locals from Natchez are enjoying our afternoon drinks on the patio and the complimentary canap├ęs. We look forward to seeing you in June.
-Peggy Sue

Monday, June 02, 2008

Locals enjoy cocktails

Local Natchezians are enjoying the beautiful patio and gardens for an afternoon or evening cocktail. Quitman's Lounge is featuring a specialty drink each month, along with the favorites of wine and Roosevelt's famous mint julep. Shown enjoying a cocktail are three Lovely ladies arriving after a work day - from left to right, Mary Ruth Caldwell, Diana Glaze and Kaye Carroll.

Not only do they enjoy an evening out having cocktails and hours d’oeuvres, but also the ladies are members of a fun group who gather for social occasions and they have named themselves- "The Drama Queens". Drama Queen "wantabes" live in Natchez so perhaps one day they too will be part of the group. The "Drama Queens" had so much fun having cocktails they are encouraging Natchez residents to join them for cocktails- along with our guests staying at Monmouth Plantation. Our specialty drinks, the patio and gardens along with our bartender Roosevelt will promise a delightful evening after work or just for a night out.

-Peggy Sue

A letter from a guest~

Monmouth Plantation and the proprietors, Ron and Lani Riches receive letters and complements often for their work in restoring the plantation from the ruins that it was in when purchased in 1978. Here is on such letter that we wanted to share with you.
-Peggy Sue

Dear Mr. and Mrs. Riches,

Years ago when I was around fourteen years old I wrote you in an email telling of my love of historic homes and especially of Natchez. I am from Quitman, Mississippi and I always thought it interesting the relation between the original owner of your home (Mr. John Quitman) and the namesake of my hometown. I wrote to you of my dreams of perhaps one day owning a historic home of my own and my love of history. I remember how appreciative I was because you sent me a letter back thanking me for my sincere email with a complimentary copy of 'Monmouth Plantation: A Dream In Time'. I was grateful for the kindness you showed me all those years ago and I have tried to keep up with news concerning your bed and breakfast since that time. I think your web site is really nice and I am so glad to know that you still own the mansion. I know it gives you a great sense of accompli shment to be able to call such a wonderful place home.

I am now twenty-five and married to a wonderful woman who shares my appreciation of history and antebellum homes. I took her to Natchez before for a getaway but unfortunately stayed in a motel for cost reasons but we still had a great time. I remember pulling into the drive of Monmouth and sitting there for a few minutes taking in the serenity of the grounds - how beautiful! My wife and I find ourselves talking about the mansion from time to time and how much we would love to return to Natchez and stay there for a night - hopefully someday we can. To us there is simply no other place like Natchez in the South and certainly no other home that captures the 'dream' quite like Monmouth.

We now own a little home of our own close to Meridian, MS and hope to someday purchase a small historic house and restore it - that is our ultimate goal! Our new house is great but there is just something about an 'old' house that you can't get with new construction (obviously). Well, I could go on and on about my love for history but that would take way too much time. Just wanted to drop a note and say good luck in the future with Monmouth and hopefully someday I can meet you both! I am glad to see that people that listened to a kid all those years ago are still being blessed. Best Wishes!

Matthew G.